Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset
About the Artist
Throughout their career, Elmgreen & Dragset have redefined the way in which art is presented and experienced. Drawing from disciplines as divergent as institutional critique, social politics, performance and architecture, in their sculptures and installations the artists reconfigure the familiar with characteristic wit and subversive humour. From the transformation of New York City's Bohen Foundation into a 13th Street Subway Station in 2004, to the siting of a Prada boutique in a Texan desert in 2005, and the insertion of institutional spaces within the architecture of a public gallery, as in the Serpentine Gallery's critically acclaimed The Welfare Show in 2006, their work raises issues around social models and social spaces, and prompts a re-thinking of the status quo.
In Focus: Elmgreen & Dragset – 2020, 2020
Elmgreen & Dragset often use the exhibition venue as an essential part of their work by transforming the gallery space into a completely different environment: ‘like a film you can walk into’. At EMMA they have responded to the museum’s béton brut architecture and transformed the space into a fictional car park. The exhibition, entitled 2020, incorporates real cars, road markings and a selection of Elmgreen & Dragset’s sculptures, both new and familiar, that together create new sets of narratives. The museum space has been turned into a surreal parking garage which invites the visitors to make their own stories and associations.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset have collaborated with Paperi T, the Finnish rap artist, who has created the lyrics for a video shot in the exhibition.
Elmgreen & Dragset: 2020 will be on display at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland from 26 September 2020 to 17 January 2021.